Decade long partnership results in recycling success in Buxton

A 10-year partnership between Nestlé Waters UK, plastics recycling charity RECOUP, High Peak Borough Council and Alliance Environmental Services (AES), lead to recycling success in Buxton.

The long-term investment and collaboration delivered many initiatives including school education, roadshows, litter picking and eye-catching bins on the streets of the town.

The work was supported by resources developed and delivered to schools through the R-Generation initiative, educating young people about plastics and recycling. And in 2019 the original high street recycling bins were given a much-needed face-lift to make it easy to distinguish between ‘Recycling’ and ‘General Waste’.  The bright blue recycling bins now provide a splash of colour on Buxton High Street. 

RECOUP carried out an audit of the recycling collected over one weekend to assess the effectiveness of the scheme and found that 90% of the material was recyclable with a split of 79% either plastic bottles or cans, 11% ‘other’ recyclables and only 10% non-recyclable material was put into the bin.

The outcome of the on-street bins revamp supports conclusions also made by Hubbub in their Leeds By Example work that ‘simply changing the messaging and colour of the existing bin has a significant impact on the amount of recycling collected.’

Pledge2Recycle Plastics supports the Welsh Air Show

For several years Pledge2Recycle Plastics has attended the Wales Air Show in Swansea to engage with citizens on plastics recycling and provide support to  Swansea City Council with the collection of PET drink bottles. 

Visitors to the show were encouraged to use dedicated plastic bottle recycling points near the food stalls and at the ‘Pledge2Recycle Plastics’ stand which were then taken by partners, Plastipak, to recycle into new bottles. In addition, visitors to the show were able to visit the stand to ask questions about plastics recycling alongside an educational display of the recycling journey of plastics.   

The event was also supported by local volunteers who carried out litter picking from the beach and promenade.

The Pledge2Recycle Plastics team are experienced in delivering plastics recycling communications at many different types of events, get in touch if you would like to find out more!